Innovative new roles now starting in partnership with GPs

Date: 10 January 2022

transformation

Across Barnet, Enfield and Haringey 18 new members of staff are taking up exciting new roles in GPs surgeries where they will play an important role in our transformation of community mental health services.

These posts, created under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS), are funded 50% by the GPs, and the staff sit within the GP surgeries, but are managed by BEH.

This partnership demonstrates the closer collaborative and different ways of working between the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), to form core community teams, as outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan. It is hoped that more of these posts will be created in future. For Year 1, these ARRS roles comprise:

  • Barnet - six Advanced Clinical Practitioners and one Mental Health Practitioner
  • Enfield - three Advanced Clinical Practitioners,
  • Haringey - eight Mental Health Practitioners,

The focus of the roles is likely to evolve as we learn lessons from the recent recruits however, the initial priorities will include:  

  • Advising GPs with diagnosis, medication, and referrals, so GPs get specialist support and people can be supported by healthcare staff they already know well
  • Holding caseloads and clinics for people with mental health issues
  • Working closely with primary care and core community teams to provide support in the community setting and services
  • Creating a care plan with people using strength-based assessment supported with reflective practice and trauma informed care approaches.

These are important new roles and the appointments are a milestone in our Community Mental Health Transformation Programme. The three-year programme, which started in April 2021, will see the appointment of hundreds of new frontline staff across North Central London (NCL).

We are working with GPs, local authorities, voluntary groups and others to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all residents. This means working collaboratively to tackle social and economic factors that can impact wellbeing like isolation and loneliness. We are consulting service users, carers and local communities to deliver the care that they want and need.

Funded by £25 million investment to strengthen community mental health services and implement the national Community Mental Health Framework in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, the programme will transform care and improve quality of life for thousands of people with serious mental illness. By 2024, thousands more people will receive care and ongoing support.

  • Summary:

    Across Barnet, Enfield and Haringey 18 new members of staff are taking up exciting new roles in GPs surgeries where they will play an important role in our transformation of community mental health services.

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